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Ponikla is the only place in the world where the traditional craft of bead making has been preserved. Blown glass beads were manufactured here as early as at the end of the 19th century, when many families earned their living from this craft. The beads were originally used only in jewellery and to decorate clothes, and were exported all around the world. Christmas decorations began to be manufactured in response to the fashion trend of decorating Christmas trees. The whole production process of bead blowing and making the decorations has not changed much since the beginning. Everything is still done by hand. Each single bead goes through at least six different hands before it becomes a Christmas tree decoration. You are welcome to see the whole process, from bead blowing from glass tubes in a mould, silver coating, colouring and cutting, to the assembly of decorations. You can also make your own decorations in the company’s creative workshop under the guidance of experienced tutors.